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Michigan State Interested in Mason

December 2, 1999

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Minnesota football coach Glen Mason is among the candidates being considered for the vacant Michigan State job, according to newspaper reports.

Minnesota president Mark Yudof confirmed Wednesday night he was aware of Michigan State’s interest in Mason, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported in its Thursday editions.

A member of the Michigan State board of trustees told a Detroit News reporter that Mason was among four potential candidates.

Yudof last month offered Mason a raise believed to be less than $100,000, and on Wednesday the university president said he might have to offer the coach a heftier raise to keep him. Mason is in the third year of a seven-year contract that pays him about $430,000 annually in salary, plus incentives that push him over $500,000.

``I’m going to try to get to see him this week so we can talk through some of the issues,″ Yudof said. ``I had given him a big raise before (last month), but I think we’re going to need to sweeten the deal some more, and I’ve told him that and I’m going to try to keep him happy.″

Michigan State’s interest in Mason comes one week after Mason withdrew as a candidate for the Louisiana State job. That job went this week to Nick Saban, who had been the coach at Michigan State the past five years.

Mason could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.

Mason was selected the Big Ten coach of the year after leading the Gophers to an 8-3 record and a berth in the Sun Bowl.

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